Game 114, 2017

Dodgers at Diamondbacks, 6:40 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FS-A

The Dodgers send Yu Darvish (7-9, 3.81 ERA) to make his second start in the NL; his first was a rousing success. He’ll face YALHP Anthony Banda (1-1. 3.86 ERA), who got his first big league win in his most recent start.

This date in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1979 Dodger hurler Don Sutton sets a franchise record with his 50th shutout, blanking San Francisco at Candlestick Park, 9-0. The 34 year-old right-hander has previously shared the mark with Don Drysdale. (Ed. note: 50! In his tenth year Clayton Kershaw has a career total of 15!)
  • 1995 The first forfeit in the majors in sixteen years occurs when the fans for the third time during the night throw promotional souvenir baseballs onto the Dodger Stadium field. At the time of the decision to halt the game, Los Angeles is trailing the Cardinals, 2-1 with one out in the bottom of the ninth.

August 10 is a good day for pitchers: in 1971 at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park, Juan Marichal records his 50th career shutout as the Giants blank the Expos, 1-0. The Dominican hurler’s ninth inning double helps to build the winning run.

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89 thoughts on “Game 114, 2017

  1. Pederson said working with organizational hitting instructor Shawn Wooten the previous two days had a lot to do with his clutch hit, which followed strikeouts in his first two at-bats against Greinke.

    “It was really nice. First hit in a long time,” said Pederson. “To have it come up big and help the team win a ballgame is a nice feeling. What’s really big is to get away from the results and sticking to the process. Wooten’s here and I was able to come to the field the past two days and work on a consistent routine no matter what the results are. I have a bad habit of changing stuff and getting away from the process and chasing hits, and it’s not a line for success.”

    Joc career stats against Greinke here: http://mlb.mlb.com/stats/sortable_batter_vs_pitcher.jsp#season=2017&batting_team=119&batter=592626&pitching_team=109&pitcher=425844
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    .333 .385 .833 1.218
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    2015 and 2016 totals with 12 AB

  2. At 80-33 the Dodgers are 47 games above .500 for the second time this season. Since the team moved to L.A. in 1958 no Dodgers team has ever been more games above .500. It ties the mark with the 1962 team which, late in that heartbreaking year, was 98-51. Dating back to 1950, the most games that the Dodgers have been above .500 was 56 games in 1953, which was Brooklyn’s best club (in my opinion). The 1953 squad finished 105-49 and lost the World Series in six games to the Yankees.

    • The first Dodgers team I recall seeing was the 1956 squad v. the Yanquis in the Series. That’s when I became a fan.

      • Michael Shapiro’s Book about the Dodgers in ’56, “The Last Good Season,” is excellent. It also goes into the issues behind the Dodgers’ move west. The first Dodger team I saw was the ’55 one, not a bad year to start as a 7-year-old in Brooklyn.

  3. Red is spending a lot of time next to Doc in recent games. Trying to soak in some wisdom for after his playing days?

    • I admire Goldschmidt’s abilities, but I resent the fact that he declined to sign with the Dodgers when they drafted him.

  4. I keep wondering who decided the Dbacks should have fourteen different uniforms, all of which are unattractive.

  5. How nice that when Yu has an “off night,” he still gets 10Ks and the Dodgers have a 6-run lead!

  6. Two more innings.
    Dragging now, but they still seem dangerous, especially with the bullpen giving up dingers.

  7. Not a good start to this 8th. Bullpen isn’t shutting the door on them, including a leadoff walk.

  8. Following the philosophy of using the closer when it’s most important to shut them down, this is the time for Kenley, but I doubt he was even warming up.

  9. Did I hear right? Cingrani has given up 3 runs and 3 its in 2 innings?
    Doesn’t seem like the right guy for here.

  10. Bats, I know you’ve done your job tonight, but how about a laugher again, huh?
    Please?

  11. Kenley, it should’ve been a night off for you, but we need you again.
    Let’s make the 9th like the type of airline flights I like — uneventful.

  12. Bullpen, take note of KJ!
    Efficient and effective.
    (Of course, they don’t have his tools.)

  13. A true test, vs. a possible/likely postseason team, taking 2 of 3 from them — in their house, as we were reminded.
    AND getting the wins after an initial tough loss.

  14. Phew. Scary there at the end, but they got it done. I’m sure Darvish is disgusted with his performance, 10 Ks or no, but a win’s a win.

  15. They were just resting Puig’s legs. He complained of a slight pain the other night.

    In other injury news, Clayton Kershaw is expected to test his lower back on Friday with his first bullpen session since going on the disabled list with a strain on July 24. Outfielder Andre Ethier is expected to begin a rehab assignment with Class A Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday. Reliver Luis Avilan, on the paternity list, will likely be activated on Friday.

    • No pitcher is going to shut down the opposition every time out, particularly good teams. Unless there’s a trend developing, part of the game. 😉

    • With the Dodgers’ enormous division lead, Roberts has the luxury of experimenting with the ‘pen (which has been the league’s best).

    • That the FO went out to bolster the pen and Doc is experimenting is a good indication that the organization sees it as a problem, if only a relative one.